You won’t believe your eyes as Sullivans Cove and Franklin Square are transformed by Craig Walsh's large-scale projections in Digital Odyssey. These temporary public artworks will be created using digital media, in response to local stories and the Tasmanian landscape connecting virtual and real places.
As well as changing the face of central Hobart for a few weeks, Digital Odyssey will be delivering a series of public programmes, including an intensive masterclass for local artists. From the end of February Walsh has been based in a project hub in Hobart's CBD, working with the community on ongoing Digital Odyssey artworks which will be displayed at the hub.
Intension 2011 draws from the cultural and political contribution of Governor Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin to the fledgling colony of Tasmania. It positions Sir John, Lady Jane and Mathinna as three interlinked historical figures with divergent stories. The work is presented as part of Craig Walsh: Digital Odyssey, A Museum of Contemporary Touring Project. For this innovative and ambitious project, Walsh is travelling around Australia developing and presenting temporary or semi-permanent large-scale public projection works that are responsive to regional history, local stories and the surrounding landscape.
Classification Pending 2011 is an artwork by Craig Walsh, which consists of a digital animation of a mythical aquatic life form projected onto the river. The data projection runs for several hours every evening from dusk. Inspired by real world life forms, the three-dimensional creature merges characteristics of the extinct swimming reptile Woolungasaurus, the mullet, the common eel, the fork-tailed catfish and the Brisbane short-necked turtle. The artist has created the artwork using sophisticated technology including digital animation, animation, pattern recognition and biometrics. Classification Pending asks us to think about the links or boundaries between myth, evolution and genetic engineering. The work also encourages viewers to consider and discuss the creature's origins, classification and reason for being.
Digital Odyssey is a free event for all the family. The projections will be visible each day from dusk until 11.30pm.
Make it part of your Ten Days opening night on 25 March, or come down to the CBD between 10 March and 3 April. For more information on Digital Odyssey visit www.digitalodyssey.com.au
School students will have the opportunity to hear an exclusive talk from Craig Walsh, coordinated by arts@work.
This free event is open to Tasmanian schools, who can register to attend with digital media / visual arts students.
When: Thursday 24 March 2011, 11AM - 12PM
Where: McNeill Performing Arts Centre, St Michael’s Collegiate School, 218 Macquarie St, Hobart
Registrations: Registrations close 5pm, Thursday 17 March 2011
For more information, or to register, contact Wendy Morrow, 6233 5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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